The solar industry has exploded with new technologies, alternative products, and brand names; it truly takes an expert to guide you through the options and choose a solution that meets your energy demands.
The inverter is an integral component of any solar installation, but some have more features and expansion options than others. There are standard inverters which take the DC power generated from your solar panels and convert it into AC power for use in your home and feed the excess energy to the grid.
The other type of inverter is a hybrid inverter which is a combination of the standard inverter, a battery connection unit, and a management system, among other additional components and features.
These days buying a standard inverter will not give you the expansion options that you are very likely going to need soon; in fact we can almost guarantee that you’ll be upgrading your solar system with a battery storage unit in the near future. The addition of a battery storage bank is becoming standard with all new solar installations which is a strong indicator of just how much value the batteries add to your solar investment.
While you can buy a battery management unit separately, the cost of it plus the standard inverter will be greater than simply buying a hybrid inverter up front. Furthermore, a standard inverter, battery connection unit, and management system each as separate units are less efficient than a single hybrid inverter unit and won’t have all the great optimisation features of a quality hybrid inverter.
Many homes and businesses that have solar installed are now upgrading their solar with the addition of a battery bank to enhance their solar investment. The battery bank allows you to store excess power generated during the day for consumption at night. Without battery storage, your excess solar is sold to the grid at a small fraction of the price you buy it back at during the evening.